President Anthony W. Marx delivers the 2007 Commencement Address


MAY 27, 2007

Under warm blue skies, Amherst College celebrated its 186th Commencement Exercises by granting bachelor of arts degrees to 409 members of the Class of 2007 at Commencement Exercises at 10 a.m. in the Main Quadrangle. Amherst President Anthony W. Marx in his traditional address reminded the class to recall the lessons of the Roman Empire for the global empire they are entering:

“If we do not learn from the limits on our victories, we risk the fate of Rome.” “All power,” Marx said “is ephemeral.” Graduating senior Will Havemann of Washington, D.C., chosen by his classmates to speak, said that Amherst turned out not to be what he expected, and that “my time here has been better for this difference. “As much as I enjoyed having my expectations fool me at Amherst over the past four years,” he said, “I look forward now to having them fool me elsewhere.”

Speeches & Multimedia 

  • Hear audio and read the transcript of the Commencement Address by President Anthony W. Marx
  • Hear audio of Commencement senior speaker Will Havemann
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  • Hear audio and see photos from Senior Assembly 2007
  • Hear audio of the Baccalaureate Service, with His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Zen, SDB
  • Hear talks by honorary degree recipients and read honorand citations
  • See the Commencement Photo Gallery
  • See the Commencement Rehearsal Gallery

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